Linux 46% Market Share, Windows 43.5% Market Share
After a study of operating system usage of thousands of people I have discovered that Linux has a 46% market share. Linux now surpasses Windows which is shown to have a 43.5% market share. Overall GNU/Linux distributions have taken the lead from Microsoft based on this study. Honest.
Okay, in reality I looked at my Advanced Web Statistics (awstats) web log today and saw this:
Linux has 46% market share!Linux has 46% market share!
What I am demonstrating is that anyone can take the statistics that favors their desired outcome and use those to “prove” something. That is the great thing about statistics, one can make them “prove” pretty much what one wants. I was thinking about this after I read Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols article How Many Linux Users Are There (Really)? at LinuxPlanet.com today. Any honest person admits there is really no way to get a hard figure for the number of Linux users, meaning the kernel, nor the number of GNU/Linux desktop users, meaning distributions.
weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa: Counting users for a browser or an operating system, or just about anything at scale, is very difficult. LinuxPlanet has an article posted by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols titled How Many Linux Users Are There (Really)? He spends the bulk of the article basically saying that none of the measures we have are useful and he concludes by pitching a project designed to try to count Linux users with a new tool.
I was a bit disappointed because with a headline like that, I expected some answers
Not one to sit around disappointed, I decided to try to come up with a number myself.